Janice Forsyth, Broadcaster and Producer
Janice has been working in the arts world, mainly in Scotland, for the last 35 years – initially in arts PR for a wide range of organisations, before moving into the media, as a TV and radio presenter/producer and newspaper/magazine writer. She is a well-kent face and voice in Scotland, having presented many TV and radio series on BBC, Channel 4 and STV – always flying the flag for Scottish culture. For the last two years, she has branched out as an entrepreneur, working with her business partner on the development of a digital platform for Scottish culture, raising substantial seed investment.
In 2019, their production company produced two concerts for Celtic Connections, including, with Disney and Air-Edel, the World Premiere of feature film, Brave, with live orchestra. In 2020, she launched The Big Light, Scotland’s first podcast network.
When she’s not working, Janice is a frequent visitor to Bute, her favourite Scottish island, which she has loved since her first trips ‘doon the watter’ during The Glasgow Fair as a child.
David McEntee, Auditor and Fund Accountant
A regular Bute visitor, David’s enthusiasm for the island comes through a history of family connections with Bute.
A chartered accountant based in Glasgow with over six years, senior audit, accounting and management experience, David currently works as Fund accountant at Scottish Equity Partners, a venture capital firm with a 20-year strong track record of investment in high growth technology companies in the UK and beyond.
He is a keen distance runner, raising money for various charitable causes along the way. David joined the board in 2018
Tim Saul, Chairman of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival and restaurant owner
Chairman of Bute Jazz Concerts and restaurant owner, Tim Saul lives on Bute. A passionate jazz musician, he is also involved with other community organisations, as a director of Bute Berthing Company and committee member of the Bute Community Band and the Port Bannatyne Moorings association. He is also a member of the judging panel for the Scottish Jazz Awards, plays guitar in the gypsy jazz quartet, Les Gitanes and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Jazz Studies at St Andrews University.
Tim joined the Board in 2014.
Peter Griffiths, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Caledonian McBrayne
Peter Griffiths has been a marketing professional since the nineties, in industries including renewables, plant equipment, architecture, and forklift trucks.
Peter is currently Senior Marcoms Manager for CalMac Ferries, which delivers tourism and lifeline ferry services to the west coast of Scotland including to the island of Bute. He is responsible for the creation, implementation and measurement of marketing strategy including several successful sub-brands; managing a team of marketing, creative and digital executives and managers; Ensuring multiple stakeholders are engaged, always informed and on-side.
Peter joined the Board of Rothesay Pavilion in 2017
Nicola Jones, Business owner and community organiser
A Board member since 2014, Nicola Jones is an award-winning multimedia, creativity and computer studies educator and recognised local Ambassador for Voluntary Arts Scotland with a solid reputation for initiating and managing inspiring community projects. She is a native of Ardrishaig, who returned to Argyll in 2000 after graduating with a BSc in multimedia.
She has helped bring much-needed funding to Bute, and continues to work tirelessly to create sustainable, inclusive community assets to empower current and future generations. Nicola’s signature style is reflected in her trademarked clothing brand – The Highland Dancer – in which she captures the colours and scenes of the island under her Bute Gifts brand.
John Thomas, Business Owner and Director
Edinburgh-born, John Thomas grew up in Cheshire and moved to Bute in 2010. His professional career has been spent in a variety of positions in secondary and further education in the arts, culminating in the position of Head of Foundation and Art & Design at City College, Manchester, now part of The Manchester College. He undertook projects with The Royal Northern College of Music, Bridgewater Hall, Library Theatre Company, and study visits in UK, Ireland, Spain and New York.
He has also spent time working with the Parole Board at Styal prison in Cheshire, as a senior moderator for UK examination boards, and is now director of a Manchester-based childcare company. John is married with four children, two of whom live on Bute, and six grandchildren.
He is a permanent resident of Bute who joined the Board in 2014.
Executive Director, Julie Tait
A seasoned professionals, Julie offer a unique blend of skills and entrepreneurial flair matched with an ability to deliver results second to none.
Her career over the last 30 years demonstrates a breadth of experience across arts, culture, community, heritage, architecture and design, coupled with a consistent track record of commercial success.
She has both started, established and run successful venues and agencies whilst being adaptive and responsive to the needs of local communities, visitors, partners, clients stakeholders and employees.
Her creative approach to arts programming is underpinned by an intimate knowledge of the arts and cultural sector, their extensive local, national and international connections, and strong sense of place.
Julie’s rich marketing and communications experience is fuelled by a deep knowledge and insight of the industry, Scotland’s population, cultural and tourism audiences and distinct local geographies and background in consultancy. She has launched, rebranded and repositioned several organisations and routinely delivered events, programming, marketing and income generation strategies that have generated national profile, increased ticket sales and wider community engagement.
Julie has a reputation for operational efficiency, data driven decision making, project and financial management and fundraising has resulted in six figure turnovers and year on year revenue growth. She can manage complex operations, costs and multiple income streams while never losing sight of their cultural mission and purpose.